Popcorn and Unclaimed Blessings
Years ago now, before the common use of the microwave oven, we used to make popcorn in a large saucepan over the kitchen stove. It actually didn’t take too long to make and dirtied one pan and a few bowls. The popcorn at my house when I was a child was also homegrown popcorn. My dad, a farmer, planted some each year for our family supply. It was common to find in the bottom of one’s bowl a few kernels that did not pop or were partially popped. Since we were not conscious of social correctness, we called the unpopped kernels, old maids.
By the time I went to college, our family now had invested in an electric corn popper. It was more predictable and popped nearly every kernel. It was in college that I learned that the term, old maid was rude. Since my college days were spent in a Christian college, (Pillsbury Baptist Bible College) the single girls who felt they might never marry, described themselves as unclaimed blessings.
In 1974 it was my pleasure to meet a real lady who was indeed, an unclaimed blessing! When I think now of all the wonderful things she did for me, I am overwhelmed with emotion. She canned green beans, carrots, corn, and pickled cucumbers with me every summer. We hoed in the garden so early we hoed, laughed, and shared our lives as the sun came up. But I am not the only one. She has offered her life in many ways to many people. She might seem an unclaimed blessing because she never married, but I disagree! Her name is Margaret. She is a blessing! Countless students passed though her science classroom where she challenged and helped them. Countless numbers of children sat beside her in church and learned love and behavior patterns. What this nation needs is lots of “Margarets.”
Please, do not scorn your singleness. Use it for the glory of God and the furtherance of His Kingdom.